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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 18, 2009 5:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Not recently discussed


I have been wondering for a long time about the rugs or carpets used on stage by the GD.

How many rugs did they go through in 30 years of touring?

What was the preferred rug material - I'm thinking Wool

Was there a specific manuafacturer that they used? Or could any old rug make do?

When did they go from a One rug format to a Two rug format? Did they Flip Flop?

I had to Mooooove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e231uv5Ae34

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Poster: Stealz Date: Nov 18, 2009 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

I chuckled when reading this post. I've not put much thought in to the rugs used onstage other than to comment on which I liked or thought was cool.

After reading how many questions you have about them I think it's funny I've never wondered the same...

Now I'm as curious as you!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 18, 2009 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

hahaha - thought I'd give people a chuckle this AM

Still some cool vids showing up on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pquak3A1JQ&;feature=related

P.S. the two rug format in the 'Bertha' of my above post is what prompted the rug query.

P.S.S. Did certain rugs consistently result in better shows?

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Nov 18, 2009 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

I always thought the rugs were so that just by looking down, they would a familiar safe spot to retreat to while onstage, if needed. Kind of like a place to go for a mental timeout.

Now, if I just knew when the first show was where they used the magic carpets, I could seriously drive my wife crazy.

TOOTMO

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 18, 2009 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Maybe so, but also provides physical relief to ankles, knees, hips, etc. If you have ever had a job where you had to stand in one spot for hours on end, then you know that some kind of mat/carpet/padding is absolutely necessary.

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Nov 18, 2009 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Interesting question. I don't have answers to most of those questions but they do briefly mention the rug in "A Long Strange Trip"

"Popick takes a worn Persian-style carpet, which is synthetic, not because the Dead are cheap, but because an organic carpet would hold static electricity, and centers it on the stage. 'I lay that rug down and I stand where I know Bobby will stand and look at the PA cabinet and how many speakers I can see the fronts of or how far away it is or how high up or close or whatever. Everything you do and anything you do affects the other things'"
p.240

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 18, 2009 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Interesting - never considered the static electricity aspect. I suppose if a wool rug were used it would need to be grounded.

This thread may have potential yet!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 18, 2009 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

When it comes to "grounding" a sheep, Rob's the local expert.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 18, 2009 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

I could be quite creative with a little ground lamb...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 18, 2009 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

eeeeuuuuuwww.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 18, 2009 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Funny, that's what the lamb said.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 18, 2009 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

OK, that's it. I think it best we stop this one before our resident Disturbed Troll digs up a link to some youtube clip that will give us all nightmares.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 18, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Well, I don't know what's been going through your disturbed mind, young man, but I was thinking along the lines of mousaka, kofta, spicy burgers and stuffed vegetables. On second thoughts, forget stuffing vegetables, that's just going to set you off again.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 18, 2009 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

[[[[[[group rug]]]]]]

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 18, 2009 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

Let's stop short of group rug burn.......

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Nov 19, 2009 12:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Not recently discussed

It was a special deal Jerry had with his persian dealers for every few grams he got a free rug........!?!?